A basic understanding of metallurgy, or more precisely, the geo-metallurgy of deposits, provides opportunities to develop projects in the most efficient manner possible. Knowledge of the metallurgy of a deposit minimizes costs and risks associated with the project development. It can reduce the time required to make informed decisions to bring projects into production, or to abandon them and move on to other projects that will be more likely to meet a company’s objectives.
Collecting and interpreting metallurgically-related data is best initiated soon after the deposit discovery. Project development requires the support of interdisciplinary teams that consider not only the geology, but also mining requirements and methods, metallurgy and process design, and environmental and social awareness and understanding, among other things. Geologists are not commonly exposedcourse is to explain why the metallurgical response of geological deposits is oftentimes more important than the geological characteristics as a project moves into operations.
This one-day course is designed to provide exploration geologists and managers with an understanding of the essential components of sample selection, metallurgical testwork, results interpretation, and the financial implications associated with the results. Case studies from current projects, with an emphasis on gold processing, will be included to demonstrate the principles that are presented.
• What are the important metallurgical properties and why do they matter?
• How to understand metallurgy starting from the beginning
• Best practices in geological/metallurgical sampling
• Sample selection criteria and requirements for metallurgical studies
• Selecting assaying protocols that also promote understanding of the metallurgy
• The role of geostatistical block models and geo-metallurgical modeling
• Introduction to mineral processing and “typical” flowsheets for gold recovery
• Geo-metallurgical characteristics that impact process design
• The value of integrating metallurgy with geology to make informed decisions
• Applying metallurgical and economic parameters into net smelter return calculations to estimate economic cut-off grades
• Review case studies, economics, and conclusions
Kathleen Altman, RPA Inc.
Jason Cox, RPA Inc.
Reno Pressacco, RPA Inc.
Target course participants:
• Exploration geologists
• Mine geologists
• Resource geologists
• Engineers who want a refresher course in metallurgy
• Exploration and mining company management
• Investors with a basic understanding of mining operations and geology
(includes course material, continental breakfast,
3 course lunch and refreshments)